Dec. 4, 2012
NEW YORK - Georgetown University sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./Scott County Central) scored 14 points and had eight rebounds and junior forward Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) tied a career-high with 13 points as the 15th-ranked Hoyas used a strong defensive effort to beat Texas, 64-41, in the first game of the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night.
It was the third-straight win for Georgetown, ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches' poll, who improves to 6-1 overall. Texas falls to 5-3.
Porter hit 7-of-16 shots from the field and grabbed eight rebounds, with three blocks, three steals and two assists to lead the Hoyas, while Lubick hit 6-of-7 shots from the floor, grabbed four rebounds, had three assists and a career-high three steals. Junior guard Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) chipped in 11 points, four assists, three steals and three rebounds.
The Hoyas broke open an eight-point game with a 12-2 run early in the second half to take an 18-point lead on a layup from sophomore guard Jabril Trawick (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends). Georgetown held the Longhorns without a field goal for 9:28 during the second half.
A free throw from freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./Oak Hill) pushed the lead to 20 points, 47-27, with 9:02 to play and the Hoyas lead did not get below 18 points the rest of the way. The team's largest lead, 23 points (62-39) came on a dunk from junior guard Aaron Bowen (Jacksvonville, Fla./QEA) with one minute to play in the game.
The Blue & Gray led by 13 points at the half, 30-17, but Texas used a 7-2 spurt over the opening 3:55 and cut the lead to single digits, 32-24, on a three-pointer from Shelden McClellan. The Hoyas responded with a three from Starks followed by baskets from Lubick and Porter as the lead grew back to 39-25.
That started a 12-2 run over a span of 3:58 as the Georgetown lead grew to 18 points, 44-26, on the driving layup from Trawick with 11:51 to play.
The Hoyas jumped out to a 13-point lead at the half (30-17), connecting on 48.3 percent of their field goals (14-of-29) and holding the Longhorns to 28.6 percent shooting (8-of-28) while forcing 12 turnovers.
Georgetown scored the first nine points of the game, with Porter and Starks each hitting baskets followed by back-to-back layups from Lubick, who scored 10 points in the opening 20 minutes. A three and a jumper from Sheldon McClellan cut the lead to six points, 11-5, but the Hoyas used a 15-4 run over 7:10 pushed the GU lead to 17 points, 26-9, on a three-pointer from Smith-Rivera with 6:27 to play.
Led by a stingy defense, the Hoyas held Texas without a field goal for 4:08 during that run. Jumpers from Porter (28-11) and Starks (30-13) kept the lead at 17 points before baskets in the final two minutes gave GU a 13-point halftime lead.
The Hoyas connected on 41.0 percent of their field goals (25-of-61), hit 22.2 percent of their three-pointers (4-of-18) and were 62.5 percent from the free throw line (10-of-16). GU held a 41-35 advantage on the glass, handed out 17 assists, blocked six shots and recorded 13 steals, the most since 14 against Appalachian State on Dec. 12, 2010.
Georgetown is back in action this weekend, playing the first of four-straight home games. The Hoyas start the homestand on Saturday, Dec. 8,hosting Towson. Tip-off time at Verizon Center is slated for noon and the game will be shown live on MASN. It can be heard locally on Sports Talk AM 570.